Saturday, October 06, 2007

Modern Day Slavery

Sadly, slavery is alive and well in our fallen world. Last night, we attended the annual fund raising dinner for Jubilee Campaign, a non-profit organization focused on helping persecuted Christians and children at risk around the world. During the dinner, we heard from speakers who drew attention to the ongoing atrocity of modern day slavery - much of it affecting children and young women.


Here are some facts about slavery, more commonly referred to as human trafficking (Research: Four Square Church) -
  • An estimated 27 million people are held in slavery worldwide, meaning there are more slaves in the world than were taken from Africa during 300 years of the trans-Atlantic slave trade.
  • Annually between 700,000 and 4 million people are bought and sold as prostitutes, sex slaves, domestic workers, child laborers and child soldiers. This includes children as young as 4.
  • Each year, more than 1 million children are exploited in the global commercial sex trade.
  • In India, 45,000 children go missing every year
  • The U.S Department of State estimates that by 2010, human trafficking will be the #1 crime worldwide.
This atrocity is a stark expression of what humanity looks like, separated from God. Better education doesn't solve this, nor will money alone make this go away. We desperately need a Savior.

For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior.

Titus 3:3-6

What's required is the gospel, actively preached and lived in the darkest recesses of this world. Jubilee Campaign is waging war against the tide of wickedness by shining the light of the gospel into the darkness of slavery. Together with in-country partners, they rescue children from brothels, care for orphans and share the love of Christ in practical ways.

I'm grateful for their work and glad to support them.

6 comments:

L.L. Barkat said...

I was introduced to this issue through a book called Disposable People. It was so incredibly sobering.

Real Live Preacher said...

Thank you for writing about this. It is an issue that is rising to the consciousness of many. Our church currently works with children in Moldova, which is one of the worst nations for dragging girls into international sexual slavery. This is an evil so deep and dark and horrible. It truly shows us that warfare that has always been waged on earth. Goodness vs unmistakable and deliberate evil.

Every Square Inch said...

LL,

I'm not familiar with the book but what a sad title...

RLP,

Thanks for what you're doing to bring light into a dark situation in the Republic of Moldova

Marcus said...

The statistic of 27 million slaves is astounding. And overwhelming.

When I was a teacher, I heard students talking about the porn they viewed online. I wonder how many of them would have thought of porn as "harmless" if they knew the percentage of women forced into sexual slavery to support that industry. (Not to suggest that all porn stars come out of human trafficking, but surely some do.)

Every Square Inch said...

Marcus

The 27 million # is staggering...but individuals and organizations like Jubilee working on this problem will make a difference in restraining and reversing this evil.

Ted M. Gossard said...

Yes, ESI. Thanks for sharing this. I caught wind of it at a showing of "Amazing Grace" on the life of William Wilberforce.